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Stone specimens found by Hamilton on Mount Vesuvius See what tourists took home
Ancient sculpture formed the centerpiece of any collection, but copies, both in large and small scale, were also common. Early private museums combined collections of manmade and natural objects. Tourists could also collect Italy itself, in miniature, through guidebooks and printed views. Sir William Hamilton published illustrated catalogues of his vase collection and a compendium of views of the volcanic landscape. Artists made their own souvenirs, carrying back sketchbooks of studies after art objects, ancient ruins, and the Italian landscape.
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Apulian Red-figured Volute KraterThe Vatican and Capitoline Museum Collections in RomeItinerario di Roma (Itinerary of Rome)Antiquities of Naples
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